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Integrating City Planning and Environmental Improvement

Practicable Strategies for Sustainable Urban Development, 2nd Edition

By Gert de Roo

Edited by Donald Miller


360 pages

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Since Integrating City Planning and Environmental Improvement was originally published in 1999, the practice of integrating urban physical planning and environmental quality management has been widely adopted by governments worldwide. Fully revised and updated with a new preface by editors Donald Miller and Gert de Roo and new figures throughout, this second edition reports on the experience of 23 innovative programmes from 11 countries. Mostly written by practicing planners and government officials, the book looks at a wide range of integrated approaches which have been implemented and the critical assessment of these provides lessons for local and national governments interested in setting up similar schemes and suggesting ways of further innovation. While the Rio Earth summit, Habitat II and Kyoto have been a source of global principles for improving the environmental quality of human settlements, this book explores approaches to implement these policy positions and to make these calls for action operational. Consequently, the presentation of these cases deals not only with the technical aspects of measuring and controlling environmental spillovers, but also with the institutional, political and financial aspects of these programmes.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: integrating environmental quality improvement and city planning, D. Miller and G. de Roo. National Policy for Integrating Environment and Spatial Planning: Towards urban environmental quality in The Netherlands, M. van den Berg; Environment and space: towards more cohesion in environmental and spatial policy, J.A. van Staalduine and M.T.T. Simons; A United States perspective on the Dutch government's approach to seeking greater cohesion in environmental and spatial policy, H. Blanco; Commentary on 'spatial and environmental integration', A. Dal Cin; Strategies for protecting environmental quality in the spatial planning law of Austria, A. Kanonier. Regional Approaches to Integration: Effectiveness of interjurisdictional growth management: integrated local, regional and state planning in Washington State, USA, R. Piro; ROM-Rijnmond: programme management in practice, A. Dijkstra; Environmental enhancement by the Environment Agency in South East England, H.R. Howes; Sustainable management of the physical component of urban ecosystems: the Malaysian perspective, J.J Periera and I. Komoo. City-wide Approaches to Integration: Environmental protection in the free state of Saxony and the 'Ecological City' model project, A. Vaatz; Lessons from an adaptation of the Dutch model for Integrated Environmental Zoning (IEZ) in Brooklyn, NYC, H. Blanco; Urban development and the role of strategic environmental policy planning: experiences with the first generation of plans in The Netherlands, F.H.J.M. Coenen. Focusing on Integration at the Neighbourhood Level: Ecological renewal of post-war neighbourhoods: problems and solutions, A. Bus; CiBoGa site Groningen: a breakthrough in environmental quality in the densely-populated city, M. de Maaré and E. Zinger; Sustainable downtown urban renewal: redefining Yonge Street, J. Oosterveld; Urban strategies for the 21st century: Zuid-Oost Industrial Terrain, Groningen, C. Moller; The right place for the environment: a method for area-oriented environmental policy, A. Schreuders and E. Hoeflaak. Employing Indicators and Analysis to Achieve Integration: Design and use of urban sustainability indicators in physical planning - a view from Cascadia, D. Miller; A case for local environmental indicators: participation in Quito, Ecuador, S. D. Vásconez; The city bubble: a framework for the integration of environment, economy and spatial planning, V.M. Sol, J. de Boer, F.H Oosterhuis, J.F. Feenstra and H. Verbruggen; An endeavour at integration in environmental analysis and planning, M. Partidário and H. Voogd; Households, sustainability and environmental quality, A.J.M. Schoot Uiterkamp, K.J. Noorman and W. Biestiot; Managing information: urban environments and the internet, H. Srinivas; Index.

About the Series

Urban Planning and Environment

Urban Planning and Environment
Maintaining and enhancing living conditions in cities through a combination of physical planning and environmental management is a newly emerging focus of governments around the world. For example, local governments seek to insulate sensitive land uses such as residential areas from environmentally intrusive activities such as major transport facilities and manufacturing. Regional governments protect water quality and natural habitat by enforcing pollution controls and regulating the location of growth. Some national governments fund acquisition of strategically important sites, facilitate the renewal of brown fields, and even develop integrated environmental quality plans. The aim of this series is to share information on experiments and best practices of governments at several levels. These empirically-based studies present and critically assess a variety of initiatives to improve environmental quality. Although institutional and cultural contexts vary, lessons from one commonly can provide useful ideas to other communities. Each of the contributions are independently peer reviewed, and are intended to be helpful to professional planners and environmental managers, elected officials, representatives of NGOs, and researchers seeking improved ways to resolve environmental problems in urban areas and to foster sustainable urban development.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development